It doesn’t matter how long ago they lived, or if they are even contemporary – but the monarchy has always been fascinating. Since her death, Queen Victoria has mostly gone down in history as a stodgy and very conservative woman. But in the last couple of decades, more has come to light of her life, her personality and her life outside of the general misconceptions people had about her.
This fall, Focus Features will be bringing a chapter of her life to the big screen with their new film Victoria & Abdul. The movie follows Queen Victoria in the later years of her life and her unlikely friendship with a clerk from India and how it helps change her life. The movie looks fascinating and gives us another look at the life of the monarchy we all watch with awe today. Check out the trailer and more about the movie below!
Watch the Trailer for Victoria & Abdul:
About Victoria & Abdul:
The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.
Director: Stephen Frears (“The Queen,” “Philomena,” “Mrs. Henderson Presents”)
Writer: Lee Hall (“Billy Elliot”), based on Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant by Shrabani Basu
Cast: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, Ruth McCabe, Tim Pigott-Smith, Julian Wadham, Olivia Williams, Fenella Woolgar
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